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Spawn of the North (1938) Directed by Henry Hathaway “Lightly Likeable,” that’s the category American critic Andrew Sarris filed Hathaway under in his influential book The American Cinema. In Sarris’s eyes, Hathaway wasn’t a “pantheon” auteur, but a journeyman with a few good titles to his name. Like with William Wellman a few years ago, critics are now appraising and reappraising Hathaway’s cinema, such as this Bertrand Tavernier-approved NYFF retrospective dedicated to him. Spawn of the North is a...
Ebb and Flow (2014) Directed by Gabriel Mascaro The Brazilian filmmaker Mascaro’s half-hour-long film (which will screen together with his feature-length documentary Housemaids) follows, in closely observational and often sweet fashion, the daily routines of Rodrigo (played by Márcio Campelo Santana), a young deaf-mute man who lives with his mother and young sister in a lower-class neighborhood of Recife. Rodrigo is also HIV-positive, and by following him as he meets with doctors and jokes with friends,...
No visible staples. No unstretched canvases. No exposed stretcher bars. No threads of fabric adangle. No apparatuses denuded with certain airs of overtness. No trappings, in other words, of some of Sharon Butler’s more readily familiar tendencies and techniques that have been key to her particular contributions to the New Casualist aesthetic in recent years. Abundant, though, in her very strong solo show of 19 small and medium-size oil paintings at Theodore:Art (through February...
It’s already the time of year for far more ‘best of’ lists than the Internet already produces in other months, and we here at Brooklyn Magazine are looking hollily, jollily forward to dropping a number of them on you in the coming weeks. Because we love thinking about them. And we love compiling them. And we love sharing them. And because we know that you, Dear Readers, love them every bit as much as we...